art by Cheryl L Owen-Wilson
Hide and Seek
by D.K. Holmberg
Lacey hunkered behind the thick oak tree, the thin fabric of her nightgown not enough to protect her from the scratchy bark. Strange green lights flickered distantly, sweeping over the yard. No fair, she thought. Jason hadn't told her they were using lights tonight; just covered her mouth when the booming thunder woke her up and told her to hide.
She didn't dare move or it would give away her position. They played this often enough in the dark for her to know how to win. Whenever Jason was seeker, he always found her, like he knew just where she planned on hiding. Tonight would be different.
The light moved away and she bit back a smile. At least they hadn't found her yet.
At first she thought it strange that he woke her to play, but she hadn't objected. They didn't include her very often but she played anyway, not caring that it was mostly pretend. Tonight Jason actually included her, pushing her out of the house ahead of him so fast that they barely had time to get shoes.
Someone whispered nearby. Lacey couldn't hear the words but the lights suddenly swung toward the voice.